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Vandy-commit Erin Whalen leads All-Star showcase

The East's Carol-Anne Obusek (33) of Grace Christian battles for a rebound with the West's Celine Ives (33), Erin Whalen (12), both of Providence Day, and Kerstie Phills (13) of Charlotte Christian during Saturday’s N.C. Private School All-Star game. The West won 93-75.
The East's Carol-Anne Obusek (33) of Grace Christian battles for a rebound with the West's Celine Ives (33), Erin Whalen (12), both of Providence Day, and Kerstie Phills (13) of Charlotte Christian during Saturday’s N.C. Private School All-Star game. The West won 93-75. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Erin Whalen spent her final game at Providence Day in attack mode.

The Chargers forward poured in 27 points, including five from three-point range, to lead the West to a 93-75 win against the East in Saturday’s N.C. Private School All-Star game. Whalen, who has committed to Vanderbilt, scored 15 points in the second half, including a pair of three-pointers to help the West expand a 71-65 lead to an 82-68 gap.

“It was an honor just to be invited to play in this game,” she said. “We had a great group of girls playing with us. We obviously wanted to win, but we wanted to have a fun time doing that. We had the best of both worlds.”

The West had its way early, bolting to a 43-11 lead in the first half behind Whalen and Kirstie Phills, who scored 11 of her 19 points before intermission. But the East clawed into contention behind Liz Roberts and Nandi Traywick, who combined for 19 points after the break to trail 71-65 on Valeriya Pokrovskaya’s three-pointer with seven minutes left.

The West responded by pairing Phills and Whalen down the stretch, where they scored baskets on four straight possessions to break the game open.

“She’s a really good player and I’m glad she was on my team for this one,” Whalen said. “She was definitely a fun person to play with.”

Liz Roberts paced the East with 17 points, followed by Kelly Williams’ 12 and Traywick’s 11. Jenesai Mohammad added 15 points for the West.

Rob Whitfield broke a 93-all tie with a pair of three-pointers to push the East to a 110-101 victory. Whitfield’s heroics punctuated the East’s rally from an 89-80 deficit, which included five three-pointers over the final 2:55. In addition to Whitfield’s shots, Jeremiah Greene scored eight points during that span to spark the East.

“We needed to get going the whole second half,” said Whitfield, who led the East with 20 points. “Once somebody made a shot we were all like hit a spark and it worked for everybody.”

Five other East players scored double figures, including Newberry signee Marshall Lange with 19 and Charlotte commit Quentin Jackson with 17.

Davidson Day’s Myles McGregor, who has committed to Presbyterian, led the West with 24 points while Providence Day’s Joshua Howard added 13 and Northside Christian’s James Lewis and Concord First Assembly’s Nenad Milenkovic chipped in 10 each.

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